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FEICA comments on the degradation of polyesters
Polymers of relevant toxicological or ecotoxicological properties will be subject to registration as foreseen under a new REACH amendment. Polymers without such hazards will be exempt from registration obligation (Polymers of Low Concern [PLC] concept). One such exemption is the so-called ’Polyester Exemption‘, under which certain polyesters manufactured from predefined monomers will not require registration. This FEICA paper intends to address the Polyester Exemption and will also provide some background on the degradation of polyesters.
Publication ref.: POP-EX-K12-053
Uploaded December 14, 2021
FEICA impact assessment on the EU polymers of low concern (PLC) definition and the definition of polymeric precursors
The fifth CARACAL Subgroup polymers meeting was held on 20 October 2021. FEICA submitted some initial comments after the CASG meeting. In this FEICA paper, we share additional figures from members on the impact of certain measures before the 6th CASG meeting.
Publication ref.: POP-EX-K12-054
Uploaded December 13, 2021
The FEICA Statutes and By-laws
The FEICA Constitution (Statutes) and by-laws were first published in Belgium on 26 October 2006. The latest modification was approved at the Extraordinary General Assembly in May 2021.
In 1972, FEICA (Fédération Européenne des Industries de Colles et Adhésifs) was formally founded at the first General Assembly in Rome. Since then, FEICA has continued to grow and expand its areas of interest. Although for many years a federation of national adhesive and sealants associations, in 2007 FEICA expanded the membership structure to include direct company members (DCMs) and associate company members (ACMs).
In April 2020, the FEICA secretariat and office was relocated near the premises of the European Chemical Council (CEFIC) in Brussels. This enables FEICA to be even more closely involved with the European Commission and other EU institutions, to build relationships with the chemical producer- and other chemical user associations, and advance the interests of the adhesive and sealant industry in general. FEICA will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary next year, in 2022.
Publication ref.: FMI-EX-K09-049
Terminology and definitions to be used in the context of adhesives in the recycling of packaging.pdfUploaded December 03, 2021
Updated terminology and definitions of adhesives in the recycling of packaging
At the beginning of 2021, FEICA published a guide to align stakeholders on terminology and definitions to use for adhesives in plastic packaging recycling. This document has now been updated to include paper packaging also.
Several different stakeholders publish guidelines on recycling, including requirements for adhesives in recycling. Divergent terminology is used in these guidance papers, and this terminology also often differs from what is used in the adhesives industry and by users of adhesives.
In order to assist stakeholders in furthering a common understanding of adhesives and the requirements that are important for adhesives in recycling, FEICA has published this paper ‘Terminology and definitions to be used in the context of adhesives in the recycling of packaging’.
A common language and technically sound definitions will help to ensure a better understanding amongst stakeholders and an easier exchange of expertise.
Publication ref.: POP-EX-K11-064
For members Uploaded December 02, 2021
Safe and sustainable-by-design chemicals
The European Commission is pushing for a shift towards chemicals, materials and products that are inherently safe and sustainable, from production to end of life. Included is a commitment for the European Commission to develop criteria on safe and sustainable-by-design chemicals and materials by 2022, while already providing a working definition of the concept in the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability.
This publication offers background information with regards to ‘safe and sustainable-by-design’ chemicals, FEICA’s view and the next steps. Specific topics covered include the relevance for adhesives and sealants, the proposal and timeline of the European Commission and current intelligence regarding this topic.
Publication ref.: RAM-IN-K11-065
Uploaded November 29, 2021
Adhesives under the scope of the EU Single-Use Plastic Directive (EU) 2019/904
Because the Single Use Plastics (SUP) Directive is a directive (rather than a regulation), EU member states were required to transpose the directive into national law. In this process, the questions arose whether adhesives, which are typically polymers, should be considered a ‘plastic’ and whether the application of adhesives to an otherwise non-plastic product will convert that product into a plastic one.
The EU Commission published guidelines on the SUP Directive. With the publication of these guidelines, the status of adhesives can now be answered directly from the source texts. Thus the guidelines clarify further that adhesives are excluded from the scope of the Directive and not considered to fall under the definition of plastic.
This FEICA publication assists the industry stakeholders in communication with customers and helps them to answer questions.
Publication ref.: POP-EX-K09-046
Joint Statement on the 2nd meeting of the High-Level roundtable on enforcement of EU Chemical Legislation.pdfUploaded November 25, 2021
Enforcement of EU chemicals safety and environmental legislation will play a central role in implementing the European Green Deal agenda and the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability (CSS). This statement emphasises that no matter how ambitious the legislation is on paper, it will never fulfil the level of protection of consumers and workers it has set out to offer, if not properly enforced.
Publication ref.: COS-EX-K11-066
Uploaded November 17, 2021
Defining a system for the notification of polymers
The European Commission is working to extend registration requirements for polymers, currently exempted from registration under EU REACH. The Commission is considering requesting industry to notify of certain polymers’ information. This FEICA leaflet explains why the notification of polymers should be limited to a concise dataset and analytical or test data should not be required at the notification stage.
Publication ref.: FMI-EX-K10-052
For members Uploaded November 17, 2021
The ‘one substance, one assessment’ approach
The current legal framework for chemicals’ risk assessment is extremely complex. Through the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability, the Commission introduced the idea of the ‘one substance, one assessment’ process as a way to ensure that the initiation and priority setting of the safety assessments would be done in a co-ordinated, transparent and, to the extent possible, synchronised manner, taking into account the specificities of each sector.
FEICA believes that risk management measures should not be a one-fits-all approach, as it would result in unjustified bans by declaring a product unsafe due to the lack of a specific risk assessment targeted to the respective application.
This publication offers background information and FEICA’s view with regards to the concept of ‘one substance, one assessment’.
Publication ref.: RAM-IN-K11-060